Every student is different and we have had students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and autism do very well with my program. Accommodations can definitely help with the removal of time constraints or taking the test via a computer or orally.
College can be an option for most students so it may just be finding the right fit. Landmark College in Putney, Vermont, is one of two U.S. schools that exclusively serves students with dyslexia and other learning differences.
College students may be eligible for academic adjustments, program modifications, and extra services (usually for an additional fee). Students also must self-identify as disabled, and documentation of their disability must be provided.
Three federal laws help ensure that students receive appropriate special-education services and fair treatment in K-12 public schools and post-secondary educational systems: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA),Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
No matter where your student goes, look into the FM system. This is a device that connects a mic on the speakers collar to a hearing aid in the student's ear. It will cut through distracting sounds in the classroom and allow the professor's speech to go directly into her ear. Most people don't mind wearing the device as the mic is small and out of the way.
Many private scholarships are available for students who have learning and attention issues. FinAid is a good place to look for information about financial aid and specific scholarships.
Here are a few of the scholarships available to kids with learning and attention issues:
Anne Ford & Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships: These scholarships, offered by Understood’s managing partner, the National Center for Learning Disabilities, range from $2,500 to $10,000. They’re for high school seniors with learning disabilities and/or ADHD who are pursuing higher education or career training.
BMO Capital Markets Lime Connect Equity Through Education Scholarship:Applicants for this $10,000 scholarship must be living with a disability, attending a four-year university or a graduate program, pursuing a degree in business/commerce, engineering, math, physics, statistics or a related discipline, and interested in a career in financial services.
Disability Care Center Scholarships: This organization offers two $500 scholarships to qualifying college students. Students with a documented learning or attention issue are eligible for the Disabled Student Scholarship. Students majoring in special education are eligible for the Special Education Scholarship.
Fred J. Epstein Youth Achievement Award: This $1,000 award from Smart Kids with Disabilities recognizes the strengths and accomplishments of young people with learning disabilities and ADHD. It will be given to a student age 19 or younger who has demonstrated initiative, talent and determination resulting in a notable accomplishment in any field—including art, music, science, math, athletics or community service.
Google Lime Scholarship: Applicants for this $10,000 scholarship must be living with a disability and pursuing a degree in computer science, computer engineering or a closely related technical field.
Joseph James Morelli Scholarship: This $500–$2,500 scholarship supports high school and college students with dyslexia, dysgraphia and/or dyscalculia who wish to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Karina Eide Memorial College Scholarships: The Dyslexic Advantage offers these $2,500 scholarships to students with dyslexia who are currently enrolled in college, university or vocational school. A total of 16 awards will be given.
Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship: A $5,000 scholarship for high school seniors planning to attend a two-year or four-year university or college program. Applicants must be living with a disability, have financial need and plan to major in engineering, computer science, or a legal or business-related major.
P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship: An annual college tuition grant of up to $1,000 to one or more high school seniors with language-related learning issues. Applicants must be planning to pursue a career in visual arts.
Pine Cone Foundation Scholarship: This organization offers multi-year scholarships for financially disadvantaged California students who want to go to community college. Applicants must have documentation of a specific learning disability.
Rise Scholarship Foundation: Five $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to current high school seniors planning to attend college in the next year. Applicants must have a documented learning disability.